Literary treat is a big success as pupils enjoy poetry workshop

Visit: Poet John Rice was at Carr Hill High School

Visit: Poet John Rice was at Carr Hill High School

Budding young wordsmiths from a city school have been celebrating after winning themselves a poetry workshop.

Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form in Kirkham, near Preston, enjoyed a John Betjeman Poetry Society workshop, awarded as a result of the number of high quality entries presented by pupils following a competition earlier in the year.

The workshop, which was hosted by poet, storyteller and photographer John Rice, was attended by 20 students from years seven to 13.

All the students had been short-listed for their entries to the summer poetry competition and the more recent Water Word and Image competition, which combined both words and images.

A spokesman for the school said: “The John Betjeman Poetry Society workshop was a great way to reward students for their hard work and encourage them to learn more about the art of poetry.

“I am delighted that one pupil has decided to set up a club as a result of the workshop.

“It shows that there is a real motivation amongst our pupils to be creative and learn more about the arts.”

And the pupils were not the only ones who enjoyed the day.

Poet John said: “The young writers were marvellously enthusiastic and they worked hard throughout the day showing the kind of talent that the John Betjeman competition has invested in.

“Judging from this school alone, the efforts of the competition organisers have been justly rewarded.

“I would say that, without doubt, this was the most committed and talented group of secondary school poets, storytellers and writers I have worked with since I moved to the north of England.

“They were truly remarkable and I enjoyed every single minute of the day.”




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